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Today's neurological research has placed habit at the center of human behavior; we are what we do repetitively. When we want to add something to our life, whether it's exercise, prayer, or just getting up earlier in the morning, we know that we must turn an activity into a habit through repetition or it just won't stick. What would happen if we applied the same kind of dai Today's neurological research has placed habit at the center of human behavior; we are what we do repetitively. When we want to add something to our life, whether it's exercise, prayer, or just getting up earlier in the morning, we know that we must turn an activity into a habit through repetition or it just won't stick. What would happen if we applied the same kind of daily dedication to faith? Could faith become a habit, a given--automatic? With vulnerable storytelling and insightful readings of both Old and New Testament passages, Jen Pollock Michel invites the convinced and the curious into a 40-day Bible reading experience. Vividly translating ancient truths for a secular age, Michel highlights how the biblical text invites us to see, know, live, love, and obey. The daily reflection questions and weekly discussion guides invite both individuals and groups, believers and doubters alike, to explore how faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, might grow into a life-defining habit.


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Today's neurological research has placed habit at the center of human behavior; we are what we do repetitively. When we want to add something to our life, whether it's exercise, prayer, or just getting up earlier in the morning, we know that we must turn an activity into a habit through repetition or it just won't stick. What would happen if we applied the same kind of dai Today's neurological research has placed habit at the center of human behavior; we are what we do repetitively. When we want to add something to our life, whether it's exercise, prayer, or just getting up earlier in the morning, we know that we must turn an activity into a habit through repetition or it just won't stick. What would happen if we applied the same kind of daily dedication to faith? Could faith become a habit, a given--automatic? With vulnerable storytelling and insightful readings of both Old and New Testament passages, Jen Pollock Michel invites the convinced and the curious into a 40-day Bible reading experience. Vividly translating ancient truths for a secular age, Michel highlights how the biblical text invites us to see, know, live, love, and obey. The daily reflection questions and weekly discussion guides invite both individuals and groups, believers and doubters alike, to explore how faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, might grow into a life-defining habit.

53 review for A Habit Called Faith: 40 Days in the Bible to Find and Follow Jesus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Imes

    Jen has done such a wonderful job introducing the Christian faith through the books of Deuteronomy and John. Not many people would be brave enough to begin such a journey in Deuteronomy, but Jen makes this obscure Old Testament book accessible for beginners. Her warm style of writing draws readers along. She connects the Old and New Testaments in a way that respects their differences while highlighting what they have in common. This book would be great to read with a small group of people who are Jen has done such a wonderful job introducing the Christian faith through the books of Deuteronomy and John. Not many people would be brave enough to begin such a journey in Deuteronomy, but Jen makes this obscure Old Testament book accessible for beginners. Her warm style of writing draws readers along. She connects the Old and New Testaments in a way that respects their differences while highlighting what they have in common. This book would be great to read with a small group of people who are exploring Christianity. Thanks, Jen, for your good work!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Greco

    My husband typically will not read devotional books. He finds them overly simplistic and formulaic. Not this one. We read A Habit Called Faith together through Lent and both truly enjoyed it. Jen is very skilled at taking Scripture, turning it upside down and inside out and in the process, helping us to understand why reading and thinking about Scripture is one of the best disciplines we can develop.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michele Morin

    With so little time available in the average day for faith formation, I want to be diligent and focused–no fooling around on rabbit trails or trivialities. The believers I most admire (from historical figures like Blaise Pascal to book mentors like Elisabeth Elliot) stress the importance of establishing habits of holiness, so when I learned that Jen Pollock Michel had written a book titled A Habit Called Faith: 40 Days in the Bible to Find and Follow Jesus, she had my immediate attention. Michel With so little time available in the average day for faith formation, I want to be diligent and focused–no fooling around on rabbit trails or trivialities. The believers I most admire (from historical figures like Blaise Pascal to book mentors like Elisabeth Elliot) stress the importance of establishing habits of holiness, so when I learned that Jen Pollock Michel had written a book titled A Habit Called Faith: 40 Days in the Bible to Find and Follow Jesus, she had my immediate attention. Michel argues that habit is not equivalent to empty ritual–a message that could be considered controversial in a culture that decries “going through the motions” in favor of something more “spontaneous” or “authentic.” Making a practice of our faith, showing up in the presence of God, opening the pages of scripture by faith can be a powerful routine, and Jen offers a forty-day trellis upon which the habit of faith may grow. A reading schedule that travels through most of Deuteronomy and the entire gospel of John is supported by brief chapters offering background, clarification, parallel passages, and the author’s own unique insights. It’s a good beginning, and if your own habit today has been to forget God and to live disconnected from his truth, this book may offer you a turning point for continuing the good work God has begun in you. Many thanks to Baker Books and Net Galley for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which is, of course, offered freely and with honesty.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber Thiessen

    Jen Polluck Michel is a great writer; she's poetic, and inviting. This 40 day devotional is designed to help you build a habit of faith, by digging deep into the Word every day for...40 days. Each devotional is a blend of story and teaching that ushers you through the books of Deuteronomy and the Gospel of John, with reflection questions at the end of each, and a collection of group discussion questions at the end. This is an excellent resource for the Lenten season, but could be used anytime. O Jen Polluck Michel is a great writer; she's poetic, and inviting. This 40 day devotional is designed to help you build a habit of faith, by digging deep into the Word every day for...40 days. Each devotional is a blend of story and teaching that ushers you through the books of Deuteronomy and the Gospel of John, with reflection questions at the end of each, and a collection of group discussion questions at the end. This is an excellent resource for the Lenten season, but could be used anytime. Often devotionals are story-driven, but if you are looking for something with more "meat," this one could be for you. *Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Peterson

    This 40 day devotional is a thoughtful exploration of faith that would be helpful for one searching or a new believer, but also for a seasoned believer who wants to renew a habit of daily of Bible reading. Jen’s pairing of Deuteronomy and John gives fresh insights and connections between the Old and New Testaments and the interspersing of contemporary testimonies makes clear the relevance of faith in today’s world. The book is set up in a flexible way so that that it could be used for personal o This 40 day devotional is a thoughtful exploration of faith that would be helpful for one searching or a new believer, but also for a seasoned believer who wants to renew a habit of daily of Bible reading. Jen’s pairing of Deuteronomy and John gives fresh insights and connections between the Old and New Testaments and the interspersing of contemporary testimonies makes clear the relevance of faith in today’s world. The book is set up in a flexible way so that that it could be used for personal or group study, during Lent or anytime. My only complaint is that I think she barely scratched the surface of all there is to say about faith as a habit, so Jen, write another book on this topic!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annette Vellenga

    Disclosure: I received this complimentary product (A Habit Called Faith) through the Homeschool Review Crew A solidly good devotional that encourages you to build a habit called faith over the course of 40 daily readings. These readings take you through Deuteronomy and the Book of John helping you to see Jesus more clearly in scripture. Using scripture in text and employing good quotes to get you think, these devotions are not fluff and the questions at the end of each chapter are designed to hel Disclosure: I received this complimentary product (A Habit Called Faith) through the Homeschool Review Crew A solidly good devotional that encourages you to build a habit called faith over the course of 40 daily readings. These readings take you through Deuteronomy and the Book of John helping you to see Jesus more clearly in scripture. Using scripture in text and employing good quotes to get you think, these devotions are not fluff and the questions at the end of each chapter are designed to help you think through God's words. Recommended reading for any person of faith.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I received this free from good reads to review. I say I finished it, but really I couldn't keep reading it. Something in my spirit kept catching. It was like the Lord was convicting me on reading. This book may not be like this for everyone and everyone gets their own convictions so don't not try to read it. I just feel like some of the things the writer was saying in it was wrong. The part where only Monday through Saturday is suppose to be for God, is wrong. Every day is for God. Just because I received this free from good reads to review. I say I finished it, but really I couldn't keep reading it. Something in my spirit kept catching. It was like the Lord was convicting me on reading. This book may not be like this for everyone and everyone gets their own convictions so don't not try to read it. I just feel like some of the things the writer was saying in it was wrong. The part where only Monday through Saturday is suppose to be for God, is wrong. Every day is for God. Just because one day is suppose to be for rest doesn't mean you stop talking to God and following him.

  8. 4 out of 5

    G. Connor Salter

    The format (a Bible verse, a personal story, then a Q & A section) is one many have used, but it usually ends up being pretty light on content, a Hallmark-y inspiration book. Michel goes much deeper with her personal stories, communicating ideas that go beyond usual Sunday School material and will appeal to educated adults who didn't grow up in church. The format (a Bible verse, a personal story, then a Q & A section) is one many have used, but it usually ends up being pretty light on content, a Hallmark-y inspiration book. Michel goes much deeper with her personal stories, communicating ideas that go beyond usual Sunday School material and will appeal to educated adults who didn't grow up in church.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This is a beautiful book of 40 daily readings which is suitable for individual or group study. Our daily lives are full of habits but what if we were to intentionally grow a habit pattern of digging deeper into God and growing our faith? What if we were to court the habit of praying more or reading our bibles more? Jen takes us through New and Old Testament passages and uses them to teach us how to apply them as a habit in our spiritual lives in a relatable way. I highly recommend it.

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